„If it be true that in showing pity and compassion we think of ourselves, because we fear to be one day or another in the same circumstances as those unfortunate people for whom we feel, why are the latter so sparingly relieved by us of their condition?“

—  Jean de La Bruyere, buch Les Caractères, Les Caractères (1688), Du Coeur, Aphorism 48
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